Tuesday 12 August 2008 (09 Sha`ban 1429
Mother asks court to annul marriage of 8-year-old girl
UNAIZAH: In order to settle his debts, a Saudi father here
married his eight-year-old daughter to a man in his 50s, who already has two
wives, a local newspaper reported yesterday.
Details of the case came to light when the mother of the girl
took it to the court calling for an abrogation of the marriage contract. The
mother, who is estranged from the father, urged all concerned parties and the
National Society for Human Rights to support her in canceling the marriage.
"This is an unmatched marriage, which will deprive our
daughter of her childhood," the mother said.
A source at the court said this is not the first case of its
kind. He added that the case is further complicated due to the parents not
being on speaking terms and because the girl was not consulted.
A court in Asir is currently considering a similar case in
which a man married his 10-year-old daughter to a man in his 70s for SR170,000.